## Rydberg Constant

H-Atom ($E_{n}=-\frac{hR}{n^{2}}$)

Jessica Li 4F
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### Rydberg Constant

For the Rydberg equation, does the negative sign cancel out?

Tai Metzger 3K
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### Re: Rydberg Constant

Not necessarily. If the energy is negative, it means that energy has been released and the e- has fallen from a higher energy level to a lower one. If energy is positive, it means that energy has been absorbed and the e- has jumped to a higher energy level.